Saturday, May 01, 2004

Who watched this watchman?

From the AP story on the abused Iraqi prisoners:

"60 Minutes II" identified one of the implicated soldiers as Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Chip Frederick, who described to Rather what he saw in the Iraqi prison.

"We had no support, no training whatsoever, and I kept asking my chain of command for certain things, rules and regulations, and it just wasn't happening," Frederick said.

Frederick was a corrections officer at the Buckingham Correctional Center in Dillwyn, Va., until he was called up for active duty, said Larry Traylor, spokesman for the Virginia Corrections Department.
So this corrections officer didn't know that abusing and humiliating prisoners was wrong. Does anyone else think that it is well past time to take a close look at our own nation's prison system?

Update: Electablog thinks so too.

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